Hotel Steps from Whistler Village and the Mountain Slopes
The charming village of Whistler twinkles just outside the front door of Aava Whistler Hotel. Head five minutes due south, and a ski lift will whisk you to the top of dazzling Whistler Mountain, where more than 200 skiing and snowboarding trails await for winter travelers, along with hiking trails and bungee jumping. The hotel’s prime location at the southern edge of town allows for easy access to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain, as well, and its year-round pool, hot tub, and sauna provide respite after days on the slopes.
Whether your first stop is the mountain or the village, Aava’s 24-hour concierge service can offer advice on the best restaurants and rental shops in town. They may well recommend Canada House, a restaurant which focuses on comfort foods made from sustainable sources and features a range of craft beers on tap. Upstairs, in deluxe and superior rooms, you’ll find LCD TVs, Aveda amenities, and free WiFi.
Whistler, British Columbia: Olympic History at North America’s Largest Ski Resort
Connected to Vancouver—about 80 miles (130 km) south—by the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort spans two mountains, each more than 7,000 feet in elevation. Since the resort contains more than 200 ski trails and more skiable terrain than any of other resort on the continent, it makes sense that Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked it the No. 2 North American Ski Resort in a 2011 poll.
The mountains gained worldwide recognition in 2010, when they served as the setting for the alpine skiing, bobsled, and luge events of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Whistler Museum tells the stories of those games with exhibits of athlete memorabilia, including the uniforms of local gold medalists and an Olympic torch you can hold yourself.
Although skiing and snowboarding are the main draws (visitors usually number more than two million annually), the area is also well-suited for snowmobiling, ziplining through the air, and dogsledding across the Soo Valley Wildlife Reserve. For a break from the outdoors, peek inside the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, which celebrates the cultures of two peoples indigenous to the region via displays of their goat-wool weavings, dugout canoes, and rock paintings.
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